Arthur F. Holmes

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Arthur Frank Holmes
Born March 15, 1924
Dover, England, UK
Died October 8, 2011
Wheaton, Illinois
Residence Wheaton, Illinois
Nationality UK/British
Alma mater Wheaton College, AB (philosophy); Northwestern University, PhD (philosophy)
Occupation Educator, Philosopher,
College Professor,
Ethicist, Author
Known for Chair of Philosophy Department at Wheaton College, Christian perspectives in philosophy and to Christian higher education (14 books and numerous articles related), cofounder of the Society of Christian Philosophers, ethical decisionmaking as an Evangelical Christian, World War II Royal Air Force pilot
Religion Evangelical Christian (Presbyterian/Reformed)
Denomination Presbyterian
Spouse(s) Alice
Children Paul (Laura), of Stillwater, Minnesota, and Mark (Jennifer), of Galesburg, Illinois; six grandchildren: Evan, Carter, Graham, Emma, David, and Bailey
Awards Two (2): Wheaton College “Teacher of the Year” awards; 1987-88 “Illinois Teacher of the Year” award; “Mark Hatfield” award (from the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities); two (2) honorary doctoral degrees.

Arthur Frank Holmes (March 15, 1924 – October 8, 2011) was Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College, Illinois (1951–1994). Before his retirement in 1994, he had served for several decades as Chairman of Wheaton's Department of Philosophy. Thereafter, he held the title of Professor Emeritus. After his retirement, he returned and taught half of the yearlong history of philosophy sequence, particularly the medieval (Augustine to Ockham) and the modern (Descartes to Quine) quarters in 2000-2001.

He became widely known for his body of work on topics related to philosophy, including ethics, philosophy applied to Christian higher education, and historical interactions between Christianity and philosophy. Holmes also has served as a guest lecturer at many colleges, universities, and conferences on these topics.

Holmes was a graduate of Wheaton College, where he earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy. He earned the Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University in Chicago. Reportedly, before he emigrated to the United States in 1947, he had flown for the Royal Air Force in England during World War II.

Holmes died in Wheaton, Illinois, on October 8, 2011, at age 87.[1][2][3]

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Published writings[edit]

  • His (1969)
  • Faith Seeks Understanding (1971)
  • The Idea of a Christian College (first edition, 1975)
  • All Truth is God's Truth. Grand Rapids: Wm B. Eerdman's. July 1977. ISBN 0-8028-1701-7. 
  • Contours of a World View (1983)
  • The Idea of a Christian College (Revised edition ed.). Grand Rapids: Wm B. Eerdman's. March 1987 [1975]. ISBN 0-8028-0258-3. 
  • Fact, Value and God. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans. June 1997. ISBN 0-8028-4312-3. 
  • Building the Christian Academy. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans. March 2001. ISBN 0-8028-4744-7. 
  • Arthur A. Holmes, editor, ed. (November 1, 2005). War and Christian Ethics: Classic and Contemporary Readings on the Morality of War (2nd Edition ed.). Baker Academic. ISBN 0-8010-3113-3. 
  • Ethics - Approaching Moral Decisions (2nd Edition ed.). InterVarsity Press. 2007. ISBN 978-0-8308-2803-6. 

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Arthur F. Holmes '50 M.A. '52 (1924–2011): Influential Christian Philosopher | Wheaton". Wheaton.edu. 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  2. ^ Hultgren Funeral Home obituary
  3. ^ Hultgren Funeral Home obituary